Matthew 7:15 (NIV) “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

Matthew 24:11: (NIV) “…and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.”

2 Timothy 2:23 - 25 (NIV) - 23Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Timely Article by Wade Burleson: Time to Get New Friends If.....

Readers: if you haven't already, visit Wade Burleson's site and read his article "It is Time to Get New Friends When....".

Wade writes:
"Friends who shame you, friends who harbor grudges against, friends who expect or demand certain performance from you, friends who are disappointed in you as a person, friends who won't forgive you, friends who don't/won't/can't give you freedom, friends who get angry with you and close off emotionally from you, and friends who expect/need certain things from you are saying, "I have placed you on a platform of performance expectations, and if you don't meet my expectations,  I want nothing to do with you."

This is so very true. It is one thing for those who don't know you to judge you and blame you and treat you as an enemy and the cause of their problems, but when it comes from within your own family and circle of long-time friends, it is especially hurtful. I know, I've been there. We all have.

But on the other hand, when those who differ with you, or even might be disappointed in you or think you're off your proverbial rocker and a heretic of sorts - or those you've mistreated yourself - still express love and patience and kindness toward you, that is when you see what Christianity should be about. I know this too, and have experienced it recently.

Sad thing is when we shame our friends and family members and hold grudges and expect performance and adherence to their doctrinal views in exchange for their acceptance - we are showing that we don't believe the bible, and we are denying the basic tenants of the faith we profess.

Thanks, Wade, for a timely article.

6 comments:

Julie Anne said...

This is so good, Tom. Thanks for recommending it. Here is what I just posted on my blog's FB page after reading Wade's article:

Oh boy, this article is so good. I so value my good friends - especially the ones who say," JA, what are you THINKING?! " some say it more nicely than others, but there heart is saying, "I love you, sister, and don't want you to be messing up." And yes, I absolutely mess up and sometimes frequently. Wow, those are the kinds of friends I value most - who risk all because they love so deeply.

thanks, friend :)

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Anonymous said...

Different subject but a great article by Dr. James White in Charlotte on "The Cult of Personality". It is about Elevation Church if you read between the lines.

http://www.churchandculture.org/blog.asp

WishIhadknown said...

Please be in prayer for the Bowersox family and especially Ben.

Anonymous said...

Hope you and yours have a great Holiday weekend Watchdog and the same for all you other Christians as well. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Re May 20 Anon

Ah yes, wine. The great spirituality separator. Totally a product of manmade denominations.